Early Stage Researchers (ESRs)

SellSTEM has 15 early stage researchers (ESRs), that are employed by a university and registered on a PhD program. Εach ESR conduct an individual research project at doctoral level. There are 5 ESRs in each research WP.   All positions - ESR1 to ESR15 - are described below.

WP3 Cognition

Work package 3, Cognition, will focus on how to measure spatial ability throughout childhood, how nature and nurture contribute to spatial ability, how language can be used to understand spatial ability and how spatial ability varies by age, gender, SES and region across Europe

ESR01 Location: Germany, UREG
Title: Spatial ability development in the preschool years and its relation to affective and academic measures in STEM learning
ESR02 Location: Germany, UNI KO-LD
Title: Spatial ability development during primary school and its relation to affective and academic measures in STEM learning
ESR03 Location:Norway, NTNU
Title: Nature or nurture: which factors of spatial ability are most sensitive to development through focused instruction?
ESR04 Location: United Kingdom, Bangor
Title: Examining language as a medium of representation in relation to STEM learning tasks and spatial ability.
ESR05 Location: Ireland, TU Dublin
Title: Project Space and Shape: A European study of the influence of spatial ability on attraction towards and performance in STEM learning

WP4 Development

Work package 4, Development, will examine how spatial ability can be developed through activities that are separate and integrated with STEM learning and will also look at design learning and STEM outreach activities can be adapted to encourage spatial ability development.

ESR06 Location: Austria, PLUS
Title: Structured online
learning and training for primary school children to promote spatial ability development
ESR07 Location: Netherlands, ULEI
Title: Spatial ability, working memory and STEM learning in primary school
ESR08 Location: Netherlands, TU Delft
Title: Exploring the potential for enhancing spatial ability through spatially challenging STEAM project work in the zone of proximal development & formative assessment
ESR09 Location: Austria, PLUS
Title: Development and Evaluation of learning material for the structured model of the eight basic routines of visual perception and spatial ability
ESR10 Location: Ireland, TU Dublin
Title: STEM outreach or STEM outcast? How to adapt STEM outreach based on gender and spatial ability level so it is a positive experience for all. .

WP5 Pedagogy

Work package 5, Pedagogy, will examine the barriers and enablers to embedding greater amounts of spatial ability development into teaching practice and how to facilitate professional development among teachers to achieve this goal.

ESR11 Location: Ireland, TU Dublin
Title: Barriers and enablers to raising spatial ability of primary school children beyond existing levels: A study of teaching practice in Europe
ESR12 Location: Sweden, KTH
Title: An analysis of how national and European policies for primary school education are aligned with current research on spatial skills development to support STEM learning
ESR13 Location: Netherlands, TU Delft
Title: An examination of the potential of formative assessment in STEAM projects to promote spatial ability development
ESR14 Location: Latvia, LU
Title: Improving spatial ability development in the primary school classroom by changing teaching practice
ESR15 Location: Ireland, TU Dublin
Title: The craft of coaching in maker space: how to coach children from low to high spatial ability through maker education